July 28, 2010 OSHA Cranes and Derricks Final Rule Announcement
Dear Congressional Staff:
Today, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will publish new rules addressing the safety of cranes and derricks in construction. You may access a special filing of the final rule via the Federal Register at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-17818_PI.pdf, or view the regulatory text only at http://www.osha.gov/doc/cranesreg.pdf.
OSHA has been working on this standard since 1998. It addresses the four main causes of death and injury to construction workers: 1) electrocution; 2) struck by equipment; 3) crushed by equipment; and 4) fall hazards, as well as other hazards associated with crane use. OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries each year. Please find a Fact Sheet with more information on the new standard at http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/cranesderricks-factsheet.html.
OSHA will host a Webchat on the new rules TODAY at 3pm. To participate, go to http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat/. During this live meeting, you will be able to submit questions and follow OSHA's responses to other stakeholders.
With questions or for more information please contact Janna Bergquist in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4649 or email@example.com, or visit OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/index.html.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.